Thursday, October 20, 2016

Friday Night Lights VIII: Jaguars thrash Cubs

It's about darn time!

It took them four games to do it, but for the first time since Week Four, the B-B-E Jaguars football team played a very solid football game and got back into the win column as they thrashed the Kimball Area Cubs 42-25 on the road on Wednesday night to complete the regular season.

The Jaguars made it clear they came ready to play after posting a 28-0 lead after the first quarter. 

Overall the Jaguars ran 57 plays to accumulate 313 yards of offense, 252 yards coming on the ground. They had 16 first downs compared to eight by Kimball. On third down, the Jaguars converted six of nine tries. 

Neither team’s quarterback threw an interception, but the Jaguars had three lost fumbles to two by the Cubs. Also key to the win was committing a season-low four penalties, for which the Jaguars were set back by a total of 45 yards.

Kimball Area (0-8) tallied most of their offense in the second half against B-B-E's JV players. They had 233 total yards in the game, 190 on the ground, with their quarterback completing just four of 15 passes for a total of 43 yards. 

Here's video from the only time the Jaguars found their way to the red zone in the game last week against Upsala/Swanville Area:

Next: the Section 4A playoff quarterfinals...the Jaguars (2-6) are a lock for the No. 6 seed in the seven-team section. As of Thursday morning, it is unclear who their first-round playoff opponent will be. The Jaguars will be on the road next Tuesday, October 25, playing at either Upsala/Swanville Area or Mayer Lutheran (both 7-1). I will be checking through the day on more updates.

**UPDATE at 11:20 a.m. on Thursday...the Jaguars are indeed the No. 6 seed in the section. They will open up playoffs at Upsala/Swanville Area, the No. 3 seed, on Tuesday, October 25. I haven't heard back from Coach Loven on what town will host the game or the time of kickoff. Stay tuned for updates!

**UPDATE at 12:40 p.m. on Thursday...the Jaguars will travel to Swanville for the playoffs next Tuesday. Kickoff against the USA Patriots is at 7 p.m.

Mid-State District, Sub-District 3 scores in Week 8 on Oct. 19:
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 27, Browerville/Eagle Valley 6 (at Browerville!)
Upsala/Swanville Area 35, West Central Area/Ashby 14 (at Swanville)
Royalton 47, Parkers Prairie 18 (at Royalton)

Area football scores on October 19:Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 38, Minnewaska Area 0
Minneapolis North 35, St. Agnes 14
New London-Spicer 56, Milaca 12
Brandon/Evansville 50, Renville County West 8
Becker 37, Albany 21  
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 51, Montevideo 0  
Paynesville Area 30, Melrose Area 22 (Bulldogs finish the regular season on a two-game winning streak and enter the Section 5AA playoffs with a 3-5 record)
Pierz 35, Holdingford 13    
Ortonville 36, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 30    
BOLD 42, Yellow Medicine East 6
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 43, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 20      
Hancock 8, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 0      
Bertha-Hewitt 32, Underwood 20       
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 52, MACCRAY 16     
Willmar 39, Sauk Rapids-Rice 22        
Osakis 47, Long Prairie/Grey Eagle 14   
St. Cloud Tech 26, Alexandria 19    
Little Falls 14, Foley 7     
Sauk Centre 30, Benson 27 (the narrow win gets the Mainstreeters a home playoff game as the No. 4 seed in Section 5AA, as they edged A-C-GC for the last home playoff spot in that section by virtue of the QRF tiebreaker; last week the Mainstreeters pummeled the Falcons 49-21)
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 36, Rockford Area 14  (HL-W-W wins for the first time since Week One, when they blasted Montevideo 40-8)   
Eden Valley-Watkins 44, Maple Lake 0     
Dawson-Boyd 42, Adrian 13
Minneota 49, Lakeview 40
Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 33, Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 6